Students explore French culture

Jessica Nava, Multimedia Editor

To celebrate Mardi Gras, also known as Shrove Tuesday, the Cathedral Catholic High School French Honor Society hosted Mardi Gras festivities including gumbo, music, and games during lunch yesterday. 

Mardi Gras, French for “Fat Tuesday,” is the day before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the Lenten season. The day is used to reflect the traditional practice of gorging on fatty foods before the ritual fasting of Lent.

“We really wanted to introduce the CCHS community to French culture, and we thought the best way to do so was to celebrate Mardi Gras because it also has Catholic ties,” French Honor Society adviser Mrs. April Kurtzhall said.

The celebration featured morning prayer in French, a parade with the CCHS band, fresh gumbo and cornbread, live music, a Mardi Gras performer, and games.

“Mardi Gras began as a religious holiday celebrated by Christians,” Mrs. Kurtzhall said, “but it has now spread to being celebrated by many people.”